Citrojim's Saxo and Cycling Tales

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I admit to entertaining the idea of a new car (van) recently when the Berlingo seemed to be crumbling at every turn. The costs didn't make any sense for my position when I looked harder.

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Get rid of the Xantia V6 Jim... use it as a donor for a V6 Activa ;)

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addo wrote:I admit to entertaining the idea of a new car (van) recently when the Berlingo seemed to be crumbling at every turn. The costs didn't make any sense for my position when I looked harder.
I'd keep the Berlingo and the missus can have the C1. That way the Berlingo can be made all good again and used for journeys that aren't just around town, and the C1 can be used for her and the lad to potter around in. The 3-wheeler can be used for my own amusement now it has brakes again. Well, kind of. They work.. needs new shoes yet, the ones I ordered were wrong. Finally got some on order from brakeparts.co.uk after sending pics of my old ones.

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Doesn't your other half find the Berlingo front passenger legroom restrictive? I get complaints about that all the time.

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addo wrote:Doesn't your other half find the Berlingo front passenger legroom restrictive? I get complaints about that all the time.
No, she's a shortarse!

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I'm just short of 6ft and a fat git and have driven berlingos with no problems and nor cramped in any way. There was also plenty of room in the 107, well in the front anyway.

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I am 6ft and a fat git. I have no problems either.

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Maybe it's the non-adjustable van seat contributing. She was happiest in the 605 for comfort, but prefers the Alfa for image...

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northern_mike wrote:I am 6ft and a fat git. I have no problems either.
you must have one of them there wonky mirrors Mike, as i dont remember you looking that FAT!!!! on your vists to my workshop :shock: :? :-D :yikes: :yikes: :eye: :eye:

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Sounds like the same turns of speed anyone brave enough to buy a 1.6 xantia had...

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I took delivery of my C1 on Friday. I did not expect to get it that quickly as I only ordered it on Wednesday and thought I was going to the dealer just to complete formalities. In the end I paid for it via Internet banking :shock: Chris570 lives in the same locality as the dealer so between us we could get both cars home. Thanks Chris :-D

My first impressions with is that I'm very happy indeed. It's very basic but no worse for it, the seats are comfy and it goes like a rocket around town. One long trip has been completed and all satisfactory. I found it even has one very nice feature in common with an S1 (but not an S2) Xantia. 50 points to anyone who can identify what it is :wink:

The V6 is back on the road thanks to Chris supplying a replacement pipe. We fitted it on Thursday and the longest bit was cleaning up the engine bay. What a mess :twisted: Unfortunately the replacement was showing signs of failing in the same place (on the tee where the hydractive leakoff pipe joins) so I ordered a new one from the dealers. Good job I did...

Chris and I looked at my Activa next and we both decided the replacement driveshaft was not happy so we got a CV boot kit and rebooted the old one. Thank goodness for cones!!! New driveshaft fitted and still the same so next time we swap wheel bearings.

Saturday morning PavlosV6 calls to report his V6 has a bad LHM leak. We took a look and found.... Guess What?

Yep, his had exactly the same problem as mine. Not long after finding this the dealer called to say my new pipe was in so we hared off in the C1 to pick it up and fit it to his. He was lucky in that the tee had not completely let go as mine had so not such a mess but it was bad enough!

Pavlos has ordered me a replacement for mine.

Back to work now so hopefully normality will resume. These past two weeks have been anything but... Happy, it is looking like what has been preoccupying me for a while and causing me to do much mileage may be in the process of becoming resolved.

I feel like I'm going back to work for a rest. These two weeks have been absolutely mad..

I'll be catching up as best I can in the next day or so as I'm behind on all the news on here again :(

I'll be doing a for sale ad for the XM in the next few days. Open to offers from a guide price which will be discussed only via PM. The XM is currently SORN.

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Did you get a petrol C1 or a Diesel Jim ?

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Mandrake wrote:Did you get a petrol C1 or a Diesel Jim ?
Petrol Simon as all C1s only have one engine choice nowadays; the 998cc Toyota three-pot.

Gosh it looks so tiny after a V6. You nearly need a magnifying glass to find it :lol:

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Reminds me of my 3 cylinder 993cc '84 Daihatsu charade that was my second car. I loved that thing, although mine was the turbo variant and went like stink! :twisted: (until it ate the turbo anyway...)

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I've heard excellent reports of those little engines Simon.

I'm having to learn to drive the C1 properly. It's so counter-intuitive to me as the little tyke thrives on revs and fifth gear is really only useful above 70. So unlike the Activa or the V6.

Drive it like you stole it and it is huge fun... It goes round corners like a go-kart but nowhere near as competently as the Activa..